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Get nostalgic at York’s Chocolate Story’s new exhibition

York’s Chocolate Story is launching a new exhibition this spring, ‘Brilliant Brands: York Chocolate Through the Ages’. From 4th May, visitors can delve into the history of York’s most famous brands.

While other British cities were built on steel, coal or wool, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years. World-famous brands, including KitKat, Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, all originated from the historic city of York. The legacy of three entrepreneurial families: Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Craven’s, continues to this day. Though much has changed over the centuries, York remains the UK’s home of chocolate.

Visitors will be able to take a journey through York’s much-loved confectionary - from the 1800’s to the modern day - and discover which world famous chocolate bar was once called Chocolate Crisp, and which multi-coloured treats were formerly known as Chocolate Beans. The exhibition will showcase a unique collection of packaging and artefacts, never before seen together.

Nikki Jacobs, General Manager of York’s Chocolate Story commented:

“We’re very excited to unveil our brand new exhibition to our visitors. The sense of nostalgia throughout the tour is often the highlight for our guests; we wanted to expand on that feeling by showcasing the nation’s favourite chocolate brands and their packaging through time. The exhibition is sentimental and visually appealing for all ages, as they recollect their favourite sweet treats from days gone by.”

At York’s Chocolate Story, you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history.

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Notes to Editors:

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

The journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it. .

We advise booking your tour online in advance at

Opening Times:
• The attraction is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour is at 5pm).
• Closed on 25th December, 26th December and 1st January.

Admission prices (from 01/02/2015):
• Adult £10.50
• Concession £9.50
• Child £8.50
• Family of four £32.50
• Family of five £39.50

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About Continuum Attractions:
• Continuum Attractions lead the way in creating immersive and cultural heritage experiences that engage visitors with fascinating stories, brought to life in unforgettable and imaginative ways.
• Continuum Attractions own, operate and manage seven cultural attractions across the UK:
o Continuum Heritage Attractions
- The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
- The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
- Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford
- York's Chocolate Story, York
o Continuum Icon Attractions
- Coronation Street the Tour, Manchester
- Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
o Continuum Explore Attractions
- Kent Life